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Fight to save crumbling pier takes 'major step forward'

The fight to restore a crumbling pier to its former glory have taken a "major step forward" after the council agreed to give its support.

Birnbeck Pier, in Weston-super-Mare, has fallen into disrepair after closing in 1994.

The lifeboat crew no longer have a base there, and the barely-there walkways, which extend for a kilometre, are crumbling.

The pier was opened in 1867 but has since fallen into disrepair.

The Birnbeck Regeneration Trust has been working since 2004 to restore the pier, but it has struggled to get any support from the council, or funding from heritage bodies.

But now, the Trust has announced it has support from the council which means it can start applying for the vital money to help the £16.2million project.

Having the support of the Council is extremely important from the Trust's perspective as it develops new proposals to secure Heritage Lottery funding.

– The Birnbeck Regeneration Trust

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Birnbeck plea for donations to save the pier

Birnbeck Pier are asking people for donations to help restore the landmark, and save it before more collapses.

Richard Griffin, the project director for the pier's Regeneration Trust, told ITV News the next storm could "finish it off", and urged people to donate.

John Penrose, the MP for Weston-super-Mare says the collapse now means plans to restore the pier are more urgent than ever.